The Orioles are coming off a night where they got obliterated by the Red Sox. Asher Wojciechowski is pitching. It’s expected to be so hot that the traditional post-game kids run the bases has already been cancelled. To those choosing to attend today’s game, we salute you from our air conditioned locations.
The afternoon’s game will see the Orioles lineup taking on Andrew Cashner, who had been their teammate until just more than a week ago. Cashner had a poor first start for Boston and now gets the opportunity to try to bounce back against an offense that is collectively 14th out of 15 AL teams in OPS. It’s not great.
One guy who won’t be playing against Cashner is Keon Broxton, who was designated for assignment prior to Sunday’s game. The immediate reason for the roster move is a need for a fresh bullpen arm, with Branden Kline getting the call-up. With Stevie “Dr. Poo Poo” Wilkerson tossing two innings last night, you know things were desperate out there.
I might have dumped Jimmy Yacabonis, who gave up seven runs in one-third of an inning last night, back down to the minors instead. But it’s not like the 29-year-old Broxton has covered himself in glory as an Oriole. He struck out 49 times in 112 plate appearances with the Birds and batted just .204/.261/.350.
The only batters who’ve stunk worse than that and endured on the roster this season are Richie Martin and Chris Davis. Martin has the Rule 5 pick status and theoretically offers defensive value (though he sits at -10 Defensive Runs Saved and -4.7 Ultimate Zone Rating); Davis is his own category.
So the center fielders on the roster are Anthony Santander and Wilkerson. Are we having fun yet?
The lineup against Cashner:
- Jonathan Villar - SS
- Trey Mancini - RF
- Anthony Santander - CF
- Renato Núñez - DH
- Dwight Smith Jr. - LF
- Pedro Severino - C
- Chris Davis - 1B
- Hanser Alberto - 2B
- Rio Ruiz - 3B
With Wojciechowski starting the game and going for as long as he can go.